Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8:30 – 2:00 pm
Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level

Program Moderator:
Robert L. Bamdas, Attorney
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Boca Raton, FL

8:30 – 9:45 am
Functional Capacity and Physical and Emotional Impairment

Lori Cohen
Independent Claim Consultants Network, LLP
Haydenville, MA

Brian McElreath, Attorney
Lueder, Larkin & Hunter
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Carolyn Frank, Attorney
Friedman, Rodman & Frank, PA
Miami, FL

Tara Marchand
One Call
Jacksonville, FL

This panel will discuss how doctors determine accurate work restrictions through physical assessments, functional capacity exams, and other methods. Psychiatric and psychological impairments and restrictions will also be explored.

9:45 – 11:00 am
Suitable Alternate Employment: Deep Dive

Shaun Aulita, MA, CRC, CLCP
SMA Vocational Management
Coral Springs FL

John Karpousis, Attorney
Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP
New York, NY

Zachary Tucker, Attorney
Paul M. Doolittle, PA
Jacksonville, FL

Honorable Patrick Rosenow
Administrative Law Judge
U.S. Department of Labor
Covington, LA

The purpose of this session is to discuss the basics of suitable alternate employment and the quality and reliability of a labor market survey. Job and salary vetting, physician approval, and legal sufficiency will be explored.

11:00 – 12:00 pm
Challenges with Representing and Adjusting Foreign National Claims

Cheryl A. Luis, PhD, ABPP
Sarasota, FL

Michael Marmer, Attorney
Samuelson, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP
San Pedro, CA

David Barnett, Attorney
Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Vicki Dickerson
Allied World Assurance Company, Inc.
Addison, TX

Claims involving foreign nationals often give rise to unique challenges for all parties involved. This panel will discuss these issues and potential solutions including evaluation by foreign and domestic doctors, language and cultural barriers, and discovery and vocational issues.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Case Law Update – Trivia

Lauren Wilson, Attorney
Brown Sims
Houston, TX

Lara Merrigan, Attorney
Merrigan Legal
San Rafael, CA

Mark Reinhalter
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Solicitor
Washington, DC

This year’s panel takes an innovative and interactive approach to the traditional yet indispensable topic of case law update.